The Kane County Sheriffs Office (KCSO) K9 handlers and their four-legged partners took part in a two-day K9 competition on October 22 and 23. The weekend event attracted some of the best K9 teams from across the western United States and Mexico.

Events included narcotics detection, building and area searches simulating a realistic search for a hidden suspect, in addition to events testing the agility and obedience of the K9. Because of the high quality of teams at this event, to be awarded a trophy is a major accomplishment, and certainly a career highlight.

KCSO K9 Deputy Marvin Hoyt not only brought home one trophy, but two! Hoyt and his partner, Gonzo, took second place in the indoor narcotics search and first place in the building search, locating the suspect with an almost perfect score – 394 points out of a possible 400.

Just a few months ago, K9 Deputy Brent Smith and partner Hugo represented the department equally as well at the Utah Peace Officers Association K9 Trials. Again, this was a two-day competition testing the best teams in the state and surrounding areas. Smith, in his first competition, excelled in the obedience phase, bringing home a fourth place trophy.

Testing these teams at competitions makes for a great simulation of the nerves, adrenaline, and stress that a team encounters while deploying in a realistic situation.

If you have a group interested in a public demonstration, please contact the Kane County Sheriffs Office at (435) 644-4916.